How Can I Help? - Extra-curricular Activities
- Sports, exercise schedules, clubs, hobbies, social action groups, volunteer opportunities abound, and add vitality, a chance to relax, and make positive social connections. There are only 168 hours in a week, so if your student is feeling stretched, encourage him/her to calculate how many hours he/she spends in various activities, including sleeping, eating, attending class, and doing homework... About 10 hours a week in extra-curricular activities is something many students can handle. Good self-management skills may enable some to do more, such as play varsity sports.
- To work or not to work? Some students depend on a part-time job to enable them to attend university. This is an added challenge to a full-time academic schedule. Clear priorities, effective time management and good health routines are essential. Other students are accustomed to working through school and enjoy the extra money and independence. About 10 hours a week is manageable for many students, but working 15-20 hours while studying full-time usually has negative academic consequences.